The Presumption of Guilt

The Presumption of Guilt

The American system of justice is unique from all others. In it, we presume that an individual is innocent until proven guilty by the state. It is the burden of the state to demonstrate through unquestionable evidence that a suspect is guilty of the crime for which they are charged. A series of witnesses must be presented, forensic evidence shown, and intent/motive proven. Without some combination of these three, a guilty verdict cannot be reached.

God’s Word testifies to the guilt of man that we have broken God’s law. Example after example shows that mankind has failed, and continues to fail God. We have fallen short of His glory, and His perfectly holy expectations. We are born sinners by nature and act out in sin by choice. There is none righteous, no, not one. Yet sometimes, the temptation is to project a greater degree of guilt upon those who suffer. We see others, we’re aware of their lifestyle, and we assume that when some tragedy takes place, it’s because of the way they live. It may or may not be. What we do know with certainty, is that before we came to faith in Christ, we stood, “condemned already.” It is we who were dead in trespasses and sins, abiding under the wrath of God.

Apart from repentance and faith in Christ we are all dead in trespasses and sins. Thank the Lord for the verse which states: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us.” Without the divine intervention of God’s love on our behalf, and the behalf of others, to perish is the only way forward. So in God’s courtroom, let’s understand the Biblical sentence of sin. Then claim the advocacy of Christ as the only hope for the world’s redemption.

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